Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar was considered a strong contender to make Russian’s Olympic squad for the 2014 Sochi games, but he wasn’t on the 25-man roster released earlier this week.
That apparently doesn’t sit well with Russian hockey legend Slava Fetisov, who went to bat for Gonchar in an interview with a Russian news outlet.
“In this situation, I feel very sorry only for our experienced defenseman Sergei Gonchar,” Fetisov told R-Sport. “After all, our defensive line looks pretty young and Gonchar’s playing well in the NHL at the moment. I think that at such a fast-moving tournament [as the Olympics] his experience could be useful for the national team, especially on the power play.
“However, if the coaches have made that decision, I hope that they’ve made the right decision. Everyone understands the responsibility for the result.”
The 39-year-old Gonchar has played in every Olympics since 1998. If he had been selected to play at the 2014 Sochi games, he would have been the first man to play five times at the Olympics for Russia.
*Thursday was the first time the Stars have been shut out this season.
*The Stars are 3-5-2 in their last 10 road games and are now 11-10-2 on the road this season.
*The Stars are 1-5-1 in their last seven games vs. the Eastern Conference and are now 6-7-1 vs. the East this season.
*The Devils outshot the Stars 34-26.
*Tyler Seguin led the Stars with six shots on goal.
*The Devils blocked 18 shots in the game. Forward Ryan Carter led the Devils with four blocks.
*The Stars were 0-3 on the power play and 2-2 on the penalty kill.
*The Stars won 33 of 66 (50 percent) of faceoffs. Vernon Fiddler won 8 of 14. Cody Eakin won 7 of 14. Jamie Benn won 7 of 15.
*With Aaron Rome healthy again after missing time with an upper body injury, the Stars assigned defenseman Cameron Gaunce to Texas of the AHL. Gaunce played in nine games with Dallas, registering no points and a plus-one rating.
Jamie Benn – Tyler Seguin – Rich Peverley
Erik Cole – Cody Eakin – Valeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney – Vernon Fiddler – Alex Chiasson
Dustin Jeffrey – Shawn Horcoff – Ryan Garbutt
Alex Goligoski – Trevor Daley
Brenden Dillon – Jordie Benn
Kevin Connauton – Sergei Gonchar
Scratched: Antoine Roussel, Aaron Rome
Injured: Stephane Robidas (leg)
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